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HNoMS Haakon VII (A537)
HNoMS Haakon VII (A537)
HNoMS Haakon VII (A537) at Washington, D.C., just after departing the Washington Navy Yard on 9 March 1970.
Career (Norway)
Name: HNoMS Haakon VII
Namesake: King Haakon VII of Norway
Builder: Lake Washington Shipyard, Houghton, Washington
Laid down: 14 March 1944
Launched: 2 December 1944
Completed: February 1945
Acquired: 17 May 1958
Struck: 1974
Fate: Discarded 1974
Notes: Served as United States Navy seaplane tender USS Gardiners Bay (AVP-39) 1945-1958
General characteristics
Type: Training ship
Displacement: 1,766 tons (standard)
2,800 tons (full load)
Length: 310 ft 9 in (94.72 m) overall; 300 ft 0 in (91.44 m) waterline
Beam: 41 ft 2 in (12.55 m)
Draft: 13 ft 6 in (4.11 m) (maximum)
Installed power: 6,080 brake horsepower (4.54 megawatts)
Propulsion: Two Fairbanks-Morse diesel engines, two shafts
Speed: 18.2 knots (33.7 km/h)
Complement: 215 ship's company plus 86 officer cadets and petty officer apprentices
367 total accommodation
Sensors and
processing systems:
Armament: 1 x 127 mm (5-inch) 38-caliber gun mount
10 x 40 mm antiaircraft guns
2 x 20 mm antiaircraft guns

HNoMS Haakon VII (A537) (in Norwegian, KNM Haakon VII (A537)) was a Royal Norwegian Navy training ship in commission from 1958 to 1974.

Construction and United States Navy service 1945-1958[edit | edit source]

Haakon VII was built as the United States Navy Barnegat-class seaplane tender USS Gardiners Bay (AVP-39) at Houghton, Washington, by the Lake Washington Shipyard. commissioned on 11 February 1945, she served in the Central Pacific during the final months of World War II, and continued to serve in the Western Pacific and East Asia until 1958, including four tours of duty in the Korean War between 1950 and 1953. She was decommissioned on 1 February 1958

Royal Norwegian Navy service 1958-1974[edit | edit source]

Gardiners Bay was transferred to Norway on 17 May 1958. After undergoing conversion and rearming, she was commissioned into the Royal Norwegian Navy as the training ship HNoMS Haakon VII.

Conducting naval cadet training cruises, Haakon VII visited ports all over the world during her 16 years of Royal Norwegian Navy service.

Final disposition[edit | edit source]

Haakon VII was stricken and disposed of in 1974.

References[edit | edit source]

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